Many of the tools in the Davistown Museum exhibition An Archaeology of
Tools are obtained courtesy of the Liberty Tool Co., located across the
street from the museum, or from the Hulls Cove Tool Barn near Bar Harbor,
Maine. Thousands of woodworkers and timber framers visit these stores
every year; many are frustrated because they can't obtain high quality
hand-forged 19th century edge tools in good condition in sufficient quantities
to satisfy their needs. The purpose of these links to contemporary
tool sources is to provide an alternative source of the best quality contemporary
new tools to supplement the dwindling supply of 19th-century-made edge
tools. Visitors to this section of the website are urged to contact
us with additional suggestions as to other sources and manufacturers
of high quality edge tools of any type. We are particularly interested
in listing independent blacksmiths and edge toolmakers who may not have
websites but who may be willing to make special order hand-forged edge
tools. We are also interested in your opinion on the quality of the
tools sold by the various vendors listed below.
This list also includes traditional crafters who work with tools.
Adriaan Gerber, Bladesmith: 233 Mill Road, Lamoine, ME 04605, (207) 667-1307. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inc.: 4739 Chancellor Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1C8 Canada, (604)
Jewelry Supply Company: 135 W 29th St New
York, NY 10001, (212) 279-7077.
Isles (Edge Tools) Inc.: East Kirkby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23
4DD, United Kingdom, Telephone: 01790 763372, Fax: 01790 763610.
Tools: Box 4335, McCall, Idaho 83638, 800-235-4452.
- Recommended by at least one Liberty Tool customer, Barr carries an extensive
collection of timber framing and other edge tools, including slicks, gouges,
adzes, corner chisels, and scorps. All Barr tools are hand-forged
rather than drop-forge
Blackburn Tools: PO Box 263, Unionville, PA 19375. (610)470-3160. email@example.com.
Bokenamp's Forge: Loudonville, Ohio. 419-994-3405.
Brain Press: Box 1624, Ste M, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2L7, Canada.
Brent Bailey: Various forge tools and metalwork. 3626 County Road P, Orland, California 95963. 530-865-4176.
Bridge City Tools: (800) 253-3332.
Caleb James: Planemaker. firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark & Williams:104 Jordan Drive, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, (479) 981-1313.
- Traditional wooden hand planes.
Tools: + 44 01473 424 304.
Ltd.: Unit J, Chesham Close, Romford, Essex RM7 7PJ, UK, +44 (0)
- Hock plane blades are available from this source.
- Serving the horological and jewellery trades.
Daed Toolworks: 3255 W Birdsong Ct,
Greenfield, IN 46140,
Don Fogg Custom Knives and Swords: 98 Lake St., Auburn, Maine 04210, 205-522-8646.
Flexcut Tool Company, Inc.: 8105 Hawthorne Drive,
Erie, PA 16509, 800-524-9077, (814) 864-7855.
KNIVFABRIK AB: Box 425, 792 27 Mora, Sweden,
+46(0)250-59 29 00.
Company: P.O. Box 538, Saco, Maine 04072, 207-283-3693, Fax: 207-283-4834.
Garrett Wade Co.,
Inc.: 161 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY 10013, 800 221-2942,
Fax 800 566-9525.
- Mallets, hammers, Gar-Dur® UHMW plastic profiles, and custom machined
Works: P. O. Box 2747, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, (707) 961-1569.
Bruks AB: S-820 70 Bergsjö, Sweden, +46 652 71090.
- Gränsfors sponsors an Axe Museum with over 2,000 mostly Swedish axes
and includes an active ax forging exhibition.
- Gränsfors axes are available at the Lie-Nielsen showroom on Rt. 1 in Warren, Maine.
- Their website is in Japanese but their extensive selection of fine quality
hand saws can be seen on the Craftsman
Studio website: 3755 Avocado Blvd. #504, La Mesa, CA 91941, 888-500-9093
Haas factory Outlet: 651 Day Hill Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. (860)836-5397, (888)622-4857. email@example.com.
Hamilton Woodworks: 1698 South Pianalto Rd., Tontitown, AR 72762. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hock Tools: 16650 Mitchell Creek Drive,
Fort Bragg, California 95437,
H. N. T. Gordon
& Co.: 50 Northcott Cres, Altonsville, NSW 2477
Tools Ltd.: The Forge, Peacock Estate, Livesey Street, Sheffield
S6 2BL England, (0114) 234 0282 & 234 0321.
- Listings of their planes can be seen on the Craftsman
Studio website: 3755 Avocado Blvd. #504, La Mesa, CA 91941, 888-500-9093
Woodworking: 1045 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306,
- Some of the used contemporary carving tools from Henry Taylor coming through
the Liberty Tool Co. have been observed to not be of the highest quality.
Opinions welcomed. Perhaps these are of a lower production grade
than their other products?
Tools Ltd. and Veritas® Tools Inc.: P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg,
NY 13669-6780, 800-871-8158.
- This Alameda, CA, company is a vendor for almost all major Japanese manufacturers
of saws and edge tools. They do not have a showroom location listed.
One Lehman Circle, P.O. Box 321, Kidron, OH 44636, 877-438-5346.
Toolworks Inc.: P.O. Box 9, Warren, ME 04864-0009, 800-327-2520,
- An 'old-fashioned hardware store'.
- America's foremost manufacturer of hand planes; Lie-Nielsen has an extensive
selection of woodworking tools in their Rt. 1 showroom. Catalogs
are available upon request. Many of the Stanley Tool Co.'s discontinued
hand planes are manufactured by Lie-Nielsen, as well as several models
that the Stanley Company had not yet dreamed of.
- Lie-Nielsen also carries Gränsfors Bruks axes.
Matt Bickford: Haddam Neck, CT. (860)227-2658. email@example.com
340 Snyder Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922, 1-800-225-1066 or 1-908-464-2984.
Moose Trax Forge: Jack
Harrill, PO Box 411, Bingham, ME 04920, 207-672-3988.
- "We generally do custom work. Normally, it is decorative ironwork,
cutlery or tools. We do have significant experience in hardening
and tempering tools. We have reworked many old tools to make them
useful once again."
- Jack has participated in the Davistown Museum's open house, here he is hard
N.C. Black Company: (336) 719-0774.
- High quality jeweler's hammers and tools
Nimba Anvils: PO Box 803, Port Townsend, WA 98368. (360) 385-7258.
Otto Frei: 126 2nd Street Oakland, California 94607, 800-772-3456.
- Quality jewelry tools & findings since 1930.
F. Zulauf Messerschmiede, und Werzeugsfabrikations AG, Dennliweg 29, CH-4900
Langenthal, Switzerland, Tel. +41 (0)62 922 45 65, Fax +41 (0)62 922 01
Rio Grande: New
- "The company was founded in 1902 as a cutlery manufacturer. In 1942 the
first carving tools were produced. Within a short time the quality of the
tools made them in many countries a favorite among professional carvers,
amateur woodworkers, and schools."
- Liberty Tool Co. and the Davistown Museum sculptors keep mentioning high
quality swiss edge tools. Is this the only company that makes them?
Do you know of any other Swiss edge tool manufacturers still in business?
Do you have any contact information for Brienz knives or Allongee gouges?
and Hardware: 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, MN 55340, 800-279-4441.
496 Shore Rd., Perry, ME 04667, 207-853-4750.
- European scythes, snaths, stones, and accessories.
The Saw Wright (Matt Cianci): PO Box 6231, Warwick, RI 02887.
Scott Meek: Artisan crafted fine furniture and hand tools. (828) 283-0796. firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Building and Design: Woodbutcher Tools, 873 Route
One, Woolwich, ME 04579, (207) 442-7938.
- Sorby, Barr, and other brand name tools are available in their showroom
or via their website.
Ship's Coy. Forge: 265 Sugar Hill Rd, Lisbon NH 03585.
- Traditional maritime blacksmithing.
N.W. 58th Ct., PO Box 4650 Miami Lakes, FL 33014.
Nealley: PO Box 876, Bangor, ME 04402, 800-933-6642.
Specialist Woodworking Tools
- The Sorby website company history indicates the Sorby name and manufacturing
history first appears in 1624; of the hundreds of Sheffield cutlers and
edge toolmakers, Robert Sorby is the last remaining manufacturer of edge
tools. A number of other Sorby family edge toolmakers have either
gone out of business, or in the case of I & H Sorby, been absorbed
by other companies.
- Their 2" framing chisel and other tools are available from the Shelter
Sterling Tool Works (Chris Kuehn): PO Box 11, Fallston, MD 21047
Flinn Hand Saws: 114 Harvest Lane, Sheffield, England S3 8EG, +44
(0) 114 272 5387.
A long established Sheffield, England saw maker; their tools can also
be obtained through: Craftsman
Studio: 3755 Avocado Blvd. #504, La Mesa, CA 91941, 888-500-9093
Working Wood: PO Box 1951, New York, NY 10159, 800-426-4613, 212-604-9535.
- A valuable tool information resource and directory.
Chris Topp & Co.: The real wrought iIron company, http:/www.christopp.co.uk.
U.J. Ramelson Company,
Inc.: 165 Thomas St., Newark, NJ 07144, 973-589-5422.
- Vendors of woodcarving, woodturning, and jewelers tools.
Vesper Tools: Hand Tools for all woodworkers, Chris Vesper, 93 Gomms Rd., Somerville, 3912 VIC. Australia.
Vogt Toolworks: Tico Vogt, 42 Gailor Lane, Sarasota Springs, NY 12866. email@example.com.
Wenzloff & Sons: 299 Herndon Parkway, Unit #210,
Herndon, VA 20170, 800-884-1373.
wkTools.com: Wiktor Kuc,
9900 Spain Rd. NE, Suite I-2048,
Albuquerque, NM 87111,
313 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801, 781- 935-6414, Fax: (781) 935-6454, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Store: Naskeag Road, PO Box 78, Brooklin, Maine 04616, 1-800-273-SHIP
(7447), Overseas Call 207-359-4647.
- One of New England's largest suppliers of contemporary hand tools including
edge tools by a wide variety of manufacturers. Woodcrafts first showroom
is easy to locate, just off of I-93 in Woburn; check their store locations
as they have now spread throughout the United States.
- Woodcraft University:
"Woodcraft has developed a curriculum of woodworking courses that help
you build your skills in graduated steps, just like any other university.
And just as you would choose a major, you can choose the woodworking subjects
you're most interested in. Woodcraft University has 10 colleges:
Bandsaw, Carving, Finishing, Joinery, Router, Scroll Saw, Sharpening, Table
Saw, Turning, and Elective. You can begin your studies in the college or
colleges that interest you most."
C.H. Becksvoort: Furniture maker. Box 12, New Gloucester, ME 04260. (207) 926-4608
Claire Minihan: Travishers.
Freddy Roman: Maker and restorer, furniture repair, touch-ups, French polishing, gold leafing, harp repair, wood carving and turning, reproduction furniture. (860) 670-2584
Patrick Sebrey: Luthier. 483 Coggins Hill Rd., Union, ME 04862. (207) 542-0775. email@example.com
Riversong Housewright: Design, Consult, Engineer, Teach. (802)272-7252. Housewright@ponds-edge.net
Texas Heritage Woodworks: Handcrafted heriloom furniture. (512) 797-4552. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilcox Bows: 72 North Ocean Road, Machiasport, ME 04655. (207)255-3379. email@example.com